Forest Service budget to fight wildfires is depleted

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  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Aug. 28, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    Very simple way to solve this run out of money, stop the effort! The national forests do not have homes or other buildings in them. Out of money just like in the real world. Your go out of buissnes. This nation is broke! We as a nation take in 2.9 billion in taxes we barrow 181 billion. That is like a family making 40k but using credit cards to have the life style for 80k. It will be fun while it lasts but will end in bankruptcy. America is just like Detroit. Soon to fail.

  • ldsGA_VET Perry, GA
    Aug. 28, 2013 6:26 a.m.

    "We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion."

    The federal government has defined limits in the Constitution for good reason. The states are less confined for good reason. They can be held more accountable for what they do more easily. Just look at what we have now. Enough said.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 4:05 a.m.

    I do not appreciate fire officials complaining that they do not have enough money to fight fires and making such a fuss out of this.

    We pay good money out of our tax dollars to give them jobs. If they are not willing to wisely use the resources we provide them, then it should not be surprising when these types of things happen and the money dries up.

    They will just have to fundraise or figure out some other way to get the money. But it is not coming out of my pocket.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    If you live where there are no trees, or few forest fires, spending money on forest fire fighting could easily be viewed as wasteful spending. Our willingness to refuse to see the government as serving anyone but ourselves becomes apparent when something like this happens. How many times have we seen comments rail against government of any kind, how these services could be eliminated or privatised or they're not enumerated in the constitution or whatever. If there's nothing in there about forest fires or the post office or health care, should we eliminate federal participation in them all, or is there some benefit in having a society where we can look after one another?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    The federal government spends money on all manner of things. Some essential, some important, some not very important, and many just downright worthless wastes of money.

    Time for the administration and/or Congress to simply decide to sacrifice a few sacred cows of wasteful spending and redirect the money to firefighting. Some candidates I recommend:
    1- Subsidies for Public Broadcasting
    2- Obama vacation travel
    3- Ethanol fuel subsidies
    4- Student loan subsidies
    5- Eliminate 20% of the various welfare and job training programs that duplicate other programs. (Yeah, all the duplicates should be eliminated, but let's start small).

    However, I can virtually guarantee that Congress, especially the Democrats who control the Senate will refuse to cut spending by a dime in any program, no matter how worthless, even to fund clearly essential programs. And that is before we even ask them to just cut some spending and NOT reprogram it for other needs, but to help with deficit and debt reduction.

    Firefighting it the canary in the coal mine. Our country is broke, deep in debt, and soon thousands of programs will run out of money. Then creditors will demand that we pay them and we collapse.